Sam Harvey

“When people haven’t journeyed with you over a period of time, and you turn up to a group, share, and then leave, they get a snapshot of you looking your best. Passionate, fired up. You look like Jimi Jesus. And as much as you try to tell them that you are not, as much as you try and honestly share your struggles, I can see that people are looking at me and my life as some sort of example. I am scared by that thought.”
::Sam Harvey

It can be so true. Even as a pastor your congregation is not there with you throughout the week. They are not there when you fight with your wife, not there when you exceed the speed limit or discipline your kids. They are not there when your watching the TV or surfing the net. I would have to agree with Deep as a Puddle that to others we look like “Jimi Jesus”, the perfect example of who we are not. We share or lives, our struggles but many don’t want to pull back the curtain of life and see that we are just like them, working a 9 to 5 just to make ends meet, neglecting our families and forgetting that we too have lives.

God has called us to look at someone better. God says, “Will the real Jimi Jesus please stand up!” and there on the pedestal of life we find the one who sacrificed for us, the one who gave everything. The one who’s snapshot of life is flawless.

Sam, I am scared by that thought as well, what if they knew the real me?

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~ by Dan Browne on August 23, 2007.

2 Responses to “Sam Harvey”

  1. Aloha! Yep, the call to being transparent is a scary one indeed. It’s not always easy to open up and “keep it real” with folks; however, it’s so necessary, isn’t it?! I really liked this post. You’re a good guy, Muzik, with some good things to say. Have a great day, Bro!

  2. Ahh, that’s the bind, being transparent and then wondering if you really want to. I am certain that sometimes we all fall trap to that, when it comes down to our own lives, as well as the lives of others, we don’t want to do it.

    But I’ve learnt something over the last year and a half, living with 15 other people and a close knit community. Good community doesn’t mean that everyone knows everything about everyone, it doesn’t even mean that everyone really likes everyone. It does mean that I can be honest when I need to, and honest when others need me to. It also means that it will be messy, and there will be fights and arguments and not having fun. Because it seems to pull out all the stuff we don’t want others to know, and make us deal with it. It’s not a bad thing, maybe just not what we expected. And certainly sometimes a little scary.

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